Kerry: Peshmerga continue to receive military support

During a budget discussion by the House Appropriations Committee, Kerry stated that the US continues to provide military support to Kurdistan Region in the fight against Islamic State (IS).

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (K24) – The United States will continue to support Peshmerga, stated US Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday.
During a meeting at the House Appropriations Committee, Kerry stated that the US continues to provide military support to Kurdistan Region in the fight against Islamic State (IS).
“We’ve provided the Peshmerga with more than 65 million rounds of rifle ammunition, 41,000 grenades, 115,000 mortar rounds, 60,000 anti-tank rounds including 1,000 AT4s, more than 56,000 RPG rounds, 45,000 weapons including rifles, anti-tank systems, [and] heavy caliber machine guns,” he said.
The Secretary of State also mentioned equipment used to offset Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) has been useful to Peshmerga in liberating areas in northern of Iraq.
Kerry also mentioned that the equipment includes “more than 150 vehicles, ambulances and mine-resistant vehicles. Additional equipment is on the way: five million rounds of more rifle ammunition.”
On June 2014, IS started to control large swaths of territory in northern Iraq, stretching from Nineveh to Salahaddin, Diyala and Anbar Provinces. Since then, Peshmerga forces with the aerial support from the US-led international coalition have been able to liberate many territories from IS extremists and secure the areas.
Kurdish officials from Kurdistan Region continue to urge the international community to arm Peshmerga directly in the battle against IS as the Region maintains a border stretching over 1,000km (622 miles) with the extremists.
 
Reporting by Mewan Dolamari
Editing by Benjamin Kweskin and Ava Homa